I read this book as part of a book club. It tells the story of Aminata Diallo from the time she is taken from her village in Africa till the time of her death in London. In between she lives as a slave in South Carolina, an escaped slave in New York during the American Revolution, a Black Loyalist in Nova Scotia, a settler in Sierra Leone, and finally a speaker against slavery in London. It is a compelling journey of her life through history, and well-worth a read. (submitted by SC)
The book of Negros is a hit. In fact, I couldn't put it down from the start. This really annoyed my wife. I also watched the show from CBC which was so boring and mostly missing the key events that was mentioned in the book. I really recommend this book for everyone to read regardless of their race. the Main character , Amina Dilayo stunned me , she was an intelligent young women despite all of the turmoil she went through, she never lost faith in God.
The book was really good but I found I just couldn't connect with the main character, she didn't feel real to me. It felt as though the author wanted her to be part of all these main events of history and rushed her story through it, as one of the previous reviews said - it was as though she was floating through these things and they were't really happening to her. I wasn't aware of Birchtown or Freetown previous to this and I really found those parts fascinating.
I read Lawrence Hill's "The Book of Negroes" for the 2016 Ottawa Public Library Reading Challenge, under the category of a Canada Reads selection. The book was the winner of Canada Reads in 2009. I also watched the CBC's production of The Book of Negroes a couple of years ago. I highly recommend both the book and the TV series. Hill's writing style and method of storytelling are phenomenal.
I didn't really like this book. Aminata didn't seem like a real person and her character had a really masculine feel. Her character felt like a man trying to write as a woman. It touches on some really interesting aspects of Canadian history though, and is still worth a read.
Based on the real life 'Book of Negroes' this is the imagined story of a young African muslim villager, kidnapped and shipped to the indigo plantations of South Carolina as a slave, who is evacuated to Nova Scotia after the American War of Independence and later shifts to Sierra Leone. It's a fictional telling of the extraordinary story told in Simon Schama's 'Rough Crossings'.
Excellent book. A wonderful story that shows the human spirit at its best, even when it's in the most horrible circumstances. Everyone should read this. Not just those with African-American heritage.
Author of "The book of Negroes". This book is outstanding, well written and keep you into the story til the end. Love this book. One Lawewnce Hill'best.
An amazing story of one woman's life as she survives despite deplorable conditions and times.
This is a well crafted novel that is very engrossing. Due to the subject matter there are obviously some despicable happenings but that should not stop anyone from reading it. It is not done in a prurient fashion. There were one or two themes that I wished the author explored further but regardless of that fact the book is excellent.
What a fantastic book. Excellent historical read with a powerful story.
I read this book last year and thoroughly enjoyed it - powerful, thought provoking stuff - a great story, and really well written. What more can I say - Kudos to Mr. Hill for his courage and skill !
Fantastic book. Difficult to read at times but that's the point. Fun tidbit: The author's brother is Dan Hill, known for his "Sometimes When We Touch" song!
Amazing characters and plot in this book, this is one book that you simply must read if you love history. Lawrence Hill is a good author.
This book is excellent. I met the author in Halifax Nova Scotia who signed my book. In Canada, the book is titled "The Book of Negores". Interesting.
Holy schlamoly this book is long. That being said, I think you will find it a very rewarding read if you make it the whole way through. Definitely a must for a history buff.
One of the best I've read. Loved it so much that I bought it for my bookshelf. Definitely an A+
One of the best books I have ever read. This is my third reading in 5 years. With my recommendation my book club could not say enough good things regarding how well it is written. It is like turning the pages of history.